Infinity Blade II
Quite frankly, Infinity Blade II is probably one of the most impressive iOS games to date. Its impeccable graphics, exciting combat system, accessibility and compelling RPG elements are some of its finest features, and inspired other developers to create vast, graphically rich adventures. Much like its predecessor, Infinity Blade II sets the standard for mobile gaming and is a must-have for any iOS gamer.
Developed by Amanita Design, also known for their work on Samorost and Botanicula, Machinarium is a point n' click adventure game full of quirky, yet deeply sentimental moments. Machinarium was very much a labour of love for the developers, and opened our hearts to a whimsical world full of mystery. If you haven't yet experienced this game, do so for its evocative story, unique art style and challenging puzzles.
The Dark Meadow
Fans of the survival horror genre unite! The Dark Meadow is a standout example in the genre, from the dark atmosphere to the intuitive touch-centric gameplay. Factor in the unsettling fear factor, creative visuals and moody soundtrack and you've got one fluid and terrifying mobile game.
If you're looking for a third-person shooter experience like Gears of War, Shadowgun is about as close as you're going to get. While the gameplay is impressive for a mobile game, I will admit, it isn't exactly the most enriching and can veer towards the repetitive side. Even so, there are some truly ambitious ideas here, particularly in the boss battles, and offers an exciting look at the genre in a mobile setting.
Rage HD isn't so much a full-fledged game, but rather a compliment to id Software's much under-appreciated FPS, Rage. That never stops it from being an engaging mobile game, both in graphics and gameplay, and offers heart-pounding on-rails shooter action you'll love.
Rayman Jungle Run
The release of Rayman Origins paved the way for a new direction in the under-appreciated series, and since its release has even branched forward into mobile as well. Rayman Jungle Run isn't just a shell of its reboot game either, in fact Ubisoft and Pastagames! have created a wonderful one-touch platformer without the clunky controls you might be used to seeing. Add in the colourful, stimulating graphics and you've got yourself one compelling game.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Probably one of the most unique mobile experiences to date, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is a dark fantasy adventure you need to see to believe. Abstract and unconventional, S&S effortlessly blends minimalist art, music, narrative and gameplay into one oddly beautiful experience.
To put it simply, Horn is enchanting. Its fully explorable 3D, puzzle-solving world is immersive and the breath-taking graphics are some of the finest in mobile gaming. The experience is nothing short of amazing, working its simplistic controls seamlessly into the rich vibe. While there are several impressive mobile games nowadays, there's something so engrossing about Horn, a heady sensation that will stay with you well after the game is over.
Not only do these games offer some of the most impressive visuals in mobile gaming, they also provide accessible, quality gameplay spanning a variety of genres. With games these inspiring and ambitious, who knows what we'll be seeing in the next year or two?
So, what are you waiting for?